Wednesday, August 24, 2016

YouTube Videos

I wanted to remind everyone that I do have a YouTube channel with a number of videos on both quilting and weaving.  I have had quite a few views on some of my videos. My most viewed videos are as shown:
The one on Cutting Bias Binding  has almost 154, 000 views.  I would love to push it over 200 thousand.
You can find my videos at  my YouTube channel: Gene Black on YouTube  If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you will get a notification of new videos as I post them.
I also have a tab/page on my blog with many of them posted - it is Tutorial Videos.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope your week is filled with creative delights.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Don't Pay the Ransom!

I know I have been MIA for a bit. But I am happy to report that all is well.  Lots of things have happened, including some "it is just too hot to do much" down time.

The good news is that I did manage to finish quilting all three sections of my "Hearts" quilt.
The picture doesn't show the entire quilt.  There are two heart blocks in each row across.  At this point, I need to cut the joining strips and sew it all together.  Then I can label it, bind it, get a good photo of it, and send it on its way.
Here are some photos showing some of the quilting from the back.
An extra heart went on the back. :)

An elongated heart hidden in the quilting. 

A little "wild quilting" -this is on one of the hearts. 
In other news,  Jeanette,  at Inchworm Fabrics,  had a surprise giveaway and I was the winner.  I am thrilled with the batiks and the pattern that she sent.
I love the jewel toned batiks. 
 If you know my fabric loves, then you know that batiks and hand dyed fabrics are my top choices!   I would be remiss if I failed to tell you that Jeanette also has a fabric store online for Inchworm Fabrics.  She has some Island Batiks and some other batiks in stock there - just in case you are in a shopping mood. ;-)

I am not sure when I will post again, but hopefully I will have the Hearts quilt finished soon and have a photo of it to show you.
Have a great week!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A little Quilting update

For the past couple of days,  the heart of the rainbow quilt has been getting quilted in spare moments.

Life has been really busy it seems to me.  This morning I had to go to the ophthalmologist for a yearly checkup. A necessity if you are diabetic, because problems caused by changes can happen quickly.   I got Great News!  the only change was that the  axis of astigmatism in my left eye has changed.  Otherwise my visual health is great.  The tech took the pressure in my eye and said "you can't get any better than that!" (High pressure in the eye is an indicator of glaucoma.)  Having worn glasses since the last day of 3rd grade (8 years old) I am always aware of good eye care.

So the quilt was under the needle and ready to go when my eyes  started to normalize after being dilated for the exam. (I always say it "dI - uh- lAted" because we Southerners love to add vowels- Haha)   I am quilting without and just enjoying what happens.  It is a lot like sketching or doodling.
This flower developed in the process:
Sorry...it is a bit blurry
And of course I added some random hearts:

They don't have to be perfect, in fact I like them to be more like a loose sketch.
And here is some of the totally random quilting that happened:
I am really enjoying quilting over these batiks as there are some visual surprises that happen as you go.  In the flower, there is a pop of green that happened right in the center of the flower - I wish I could say I planned it, but it just happened.  The same thing happened with the leaf in the heart on  the red batik.  That leaf crossed it and made the design more interesting.

I hope you are having a lovely week.  Peace to you!

Oh, this just in!
Craftsy is having a "Black Friday for Makers" sale now through midnight (Mountain Time) on Sunday night.  Why in August?  Because if you are making gifts, you need the supplies NOW -not late November!


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Coloring Quilt

The lastest episode of The Quilt Show has quilter Sherry Rogers-Harrison showing how she makes her "paint-liqué" quilts.  She quilts a wholecloth quilt and then paints it with various paints to resemble appliqué.   This thought had already occurred to me. An earlier episode showed a lady who makes tiny quilts and paints the blocks with fabric paint pens.  (Ahem, I ordered the pens in 2012 - and played with them a teeny bit.)

I had a practice piece of quilting carefully stored away (okay, okay, it was laying on the coffee table....sheesh.)   So I grabbed it and looked at the back - Yes!  I had used a nice plain fabric in mottled tan for the backing.  I pulled out my paint pens and started playing. Hey!  This is fun.  After a bit, it looks like this:
Artistically, I see the swirls with the "hook" as the thorns on the rose bush.
I am going "modern" and will not paint all of it.  But honestly, it was difficult to stop. At this point I need to decide just how much more to add. Then do that, and call it finished. As I really love this one, it will become something....not sure what yet, though.
The rose was a motif I tried out on this, but it makes a great focal point.  I did a closeup, but it shows every painting flaw.  So, I probably shouldn't show it.  But I don't mind not being perfect, so here it is.
Actually it looks nicer in person. The camera flash enhances the light and unpainted areas.

Have you ever tried painting or coloring on a quilt?  I think I may do some practice pieces and try some other paints with artist brushes.  If it works out well, I may paint the "Wild Quilting" piece from Saturday. 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sometimes, In the Madness of Daily Life.......

Yes, sometimes we are able to turn off the madness of life - and then: Magic Happens!

During a break on the quilt I am working on....okay actually I couldn't find the other part of the quilt that needs quilting....but I found another project that was resting and getting ready to speak to me.
I listened - I think magic happened.

At this point, it goes back on the shelf to mature a little bit more.  But I can hardly wait to see the final outcome of this piece.  You may remember it from this part back in May of this year.
Yes it is taking its time to become - much like we do in our lives.  But don't look at this and say "I could never do that kind of quilting!"   You can.  It takes time and practice and maybe some great instruction.
First you need to learn some Free Motion Quilting Essentials.  And then you can move on to learning to do some Wild Quilting.
Don't limit yourself with doubt and negativity.  Just say, "Yes, I can."  and start the journey.
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